Underwood and Legend teamed up for “Hallelujah” in 2020, and both won despite some stiff competition in the category. Voting was done by fans via Twitter.
Underwood is the most awarded artist of all time in CMT, and it was Legend’s first CMT win.
Underwood said during her speech, “Fans, thank you so much, fans. You guys, you’re the reason we’re all here doing what we do, making music videos for what we love. ” “John Legend, thank you for sending me this incredible song and agreeing to sing with me on it and making this incredible video, which I am so proud of, and for what I think is your first CMT award. Congratulations! God bless you guys. Thank you so much! Thank you, fans! Thank you, CMT!
Legend took to Twitter to show his appreciation for his first CMA, thanking Underwood, director Randy St. Nicholas and his co-writer Toby Gad. Legend noted that Gad also co-wrote his hit “All of Me”.
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